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Subject: Leaf-cutter ants...oh my, what to do?

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vitrsna wrote:
Hello tropical zone gardeners, Toward the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015, i had a terrible time with leaf cutter ants. They have been around since i began this garden 8 years ago, but not in great numbers until recently. My garden is at the back of the house and walled in the spanish tradition. They come in the night and can strip a large tree completely bare by dawn. I cut back a lot of vegetation (luckily things grow fast here) and attacked them with a soap, water, cinnamon and clove oil mixture which does kill them, but others keep coming. No toxic chemicals are used in my garden to prevent harming the caterpillars,butterflies and other nectar lovers and pollinators. Does anyone have problems with the leaf cutter ants? How do you deal with them?

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